Design: A vibrant line drawing of a trumpet player, its flowing, open lines a nice counterpoint to the blocky mass of bold type in which the label name is set. Thanks for updated info to Don Brown, who writes: "It's important to point out that of the two Canadian Mercury labels shown, with the same history, the label with the drawing by David Stone Martin of the trumpet player was for the exclusive use of Norman Granz." [Granz was a very influential impresario and jazz enthusiast who founded the Clef (1946) and Norgran (1953) labels, which in 1956 were amalgamated into the Verve label. He promoted lengthy 'jam sessions' featuring top-name artists and helped advance the careers of many jazz greats.]
History: Mercury Records was formed in New York around 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge, and bought out by Philips in 1961.